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Will Smith Attached To 'Joe' A Modern-Day Version Of Biblical Tale Of Job From 'The Fighter' Writers

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 28, 2011 4:18 AM
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David O. Russell Courted To DirectFor a man not exactly lacking in self-confidence, it's odd the way that Will Smith seemed to react to the critical and commercial failure of his last film, 2008's "Seven Pounds." Smith, who, when that film was released was probably the biggest star in the world, hasn't made a film since, instead becoming the megastar equivalent of a pushy stage dad, launching his kids Jaden and Willow into entertainment careers of their own. When he does make his onscreen return, it'll be him going back to the well on a franchise, in next year's "Men in Black 3."

Entertainment Weekly Pick The 25 Greatest Working Directors; Confirms The Fallacy Of Listmaking

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 25, 2011 1:58 AM
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Lists are subjective. That's the joy of them, to some degree -- you get to see the tastes of others, and hopefully pick up a few tips for things you may have overlooked. And you're never going to find a list that you agree with 100%, particularly when the stakes are bigger -- lists of 'greatest films' or 'greatest directors' are a veritable minefield of disputes and feuds. But that doesn't change the fact that some lists are just dumb.

David O. Russell May Direct 'Cocaine Cowboys' With Mark Wahlberg; Still Unsure If 'Uncharted' Next

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 22, 2011 5:23 AM
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'The Fighter' Filmmaker Has Plenty Of Options To Choose FromExclusive: Sometimes an IMDB page needs a little bit of cleaning. If you're filmmaker David O. Russell, it needs constant care and pruning. Perhaps more than any other working director out there -- save possibly Ridley Scott who attaches himself to projects like you and I change underwear -- "The Fighter" director has been attached to around a dozen projects since circa 2006. "The Grackle," starring Matthew McConaghey, "H-Man Cometh," the rom-com "Aaron and Sarah" and "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" are just four of many that are no longer happening.

Ice Cube Heads To '21 Jump Street'; Shopping Directorial Gig 'Chrome And Paint' Around Town

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2011 11:34 AM
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Looks like Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are getting an actor/musician with some serious street cred to join them on "21 Jump Street." Deadline reports that Ice Cube is in negotiations to join the film, though his role is not yet specified.

"Something Was Protecting This Movie" - Mark Wahlberg & David O. Russell Discuss 'The Fighter'

  • By Leah Zak
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  • February 10, 2011 2:58 AM
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In the perpetual buzz of awards season, "The Fighter" has certainly made its amount of noise. The film was nominated for six Golden Globes (and took home two of them for Melissa Leo and Christian Bale), and now it's in the running for seven Oscars, including Best Picture. Back in January, we covered director David O. Russell's discussion with fellow filmmaker Spike Jonze at the MOMI in New York, but after the jump find part two -- if you will -- West coast style. Perhaps a bit more laid back (with the slight exception of Russell, who still donned a bow tie and tux having just come from the WGA awards) and with celebrity cameos to boot (Mark Wahlberg and actor Jack McGee were surprise guests), the filmmakers gathered after a screening of the film for a brief discussion at Hollywood's Egyptian theatre on what it took to bring "The Fighter" to the screen.

David O. Russell Teams With Connie Britton For FX Drama; Niels Arden Oplev Helms CBS Pilot

  • By Aaron Fowler
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  • February 6, 2011 1:47 AM
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Hot off his Oscar nominated film "The Fighter," David O. Russell -- who, as usual, has a number of projects he's working on -- has added one more and set his sights on the small screen. Deadline reports that the director has teamed up with "Friday Night Lights" actress Connie Britton to create a female-driven drama for FX.

David O. Russell Likes Scarlett Johansson For The Role Of Elena In 'Uncharted'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2011 5:34 AM
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Says That Buddy Action Pic 'Two Guns' Won't Happen Until After 'Uncharted'Despite the film still without a script (back in December writer/director David O. Russell said it was half done and he's still working on it) casting ideas and story details continue to come fast and furious for "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" for what promises to be one of the most high profile video game adaptations of all time.

David O. Russell Says He Bailed On ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’ Due To Budget Concerns

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2011 4:56 AM
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One big project that many people are eager to see leap to the big screen has been moving along in fits and starts, without picking up enough steam to move forward. "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" has had an interesting development history so far. In late 2009, David O. Russell was brought on board to write and direct the picture, with Natalie Portman producing and set to star. Then in October last year, Russell left the picture, with Portman following suit shortly afterward (but staying on to produce). In November, Mike White filled in the empty director's chair only to vacate the position last week, just over two months after he signed on. At the time Russell left the picture, it appeared he was simply switching over to one of his own projects, the road-trip dramedy "Old St. Louis," but recently, he reveals he had some other reasons for leaving.

2011 Oscar Nominations: 'The King's Speech' Leads The Pack With 12 Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 1:50 AM
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"The King's Speech" sits on the throne this morning, earning 12 Oscar nominations and looking like the film to beat at the 83rd Academy Awards, while "True Grit" follows with 10 nods and "The Social Network" with 8. Not much in the way of shockers this year, but some pleasant surprises in the mix as well as few snubs.

David O. Russell Almost Made A 'There Will Be Blood'-Like Film About The Industrial Revolution

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2011 3:23 AM
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Says Darren Aronofsky's Version Of 'The Fighter' Was Much Darker Than His & Many Other Things Gleaned From A Recent MOMI Talk With Spike Jonze“If you don’t like any of my movies, just give it ten years.”

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